I understand that mostly people who are doing well aren't sticking around support forums but those with issue and seeking advise do. Still, maybe someone can calm me down and give advise. I'm thankful that forums like this one exists and thank you for all the advice you have been giving me so far. It has been accurate and helpful.
A week from today I'll be in surgery for my take down. I'm happy to be done with the bag but I'm also scared. I know it will take time to adjust to my new j-pouch and all that but I'm mostly scared to be incontinent at night. I had ulcerative colitis and before I went into the first surgery, I had to wear diapers at night (and during the day too) and I had to clean myself and change them 4-5 times at night. I never slept through. Now with the bag I can sleep through when I change my bag the evening before and the filter is still clean. It doesn't balloon. When it does balloon I need to get up and either burp (risky lol) or empty. Sometimes I don't fall asleep anymore. The other night I tossed and turned for two hours.
I'm scared that I will never be able to get a good night's sleep. I can handle the bag now but will I be able to handle the j-pouch? Will I be able to get my 8 hours sometime down the line? How can I ensure that I will fall asleep quickly after a bathroom break?